Lonicera involucrata, Black Twinberry blooms, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon, Sparrowhawk Native Plants
A Cedar Waxwing eating the berries of the Lonicera involucrata, Black Twinberry shrub. Another stunning Northwest Native Plant available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon
Lonicera involucrata, Black Twinberry. Another stunning Northwest Native Plant available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon
Plump black berries of Lonicera involucrata, Black Twinberry shrub. Another stunning Northwest Native Plant available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon

Black Twinberry Honeysuckle

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Lonicera involucrata

  • Size at maturity: 5-8' tall, 2-8' wide
  • Canopy layer: large shrub
  • Light requirements: full sun, part sun / part shade
  • Moisture requirements: moist to wet soil
  • Growth rate: fast
  • Special features: supports hummingbirds

The common name of the Black Twinberry refers to the pairs of shiny black berries that can be found hanging near the base of the leaves. The pairs of yellow, tubular flowers are about 3/4” long and appear from April to August. The bracts which surround the flowers and later the berries, are red to purple, and form a shape like a shallow cup. (Portland Plant List, 2016)

The Black Twinberry is a member of the Honeysuckle family, forming a beautifully arching tall and wide upright shrub. This honeysuckle bush is a favorite for hummingbirds, providing nectar for many months as it's branches continue to bloom on summer-long growth.

Photo Credit 1: "Twinberry - Lonicera involucrata" by docentjoyce is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Photo Credit 2: "Kayaking, looking for the beaver found cedar waxwings feeding on the lonicera involucrata... black twinberry." by island deborah- New Book 'Song of the Sparrow' vig is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Photo Credit 3: Tracy Cozine

Photo Credit 4: "H20140529-2657—Lonicera involucrata—RPBG" by John Rusk is licensed under CC BY 2.0